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Teen Librarian

  • Westerville Public Library
  • Westerville, OH
  • Mid-Level
  • Full-Time

About this Job

A Teen Librarian in the Youth Services Department has the responsibility of executing and maintaining the operation of the Youth Services Department, providing services and resources to children, young adults, parents, caregivers and educators.
• Works with patrons to provide appropriate resources to satisfy their informational, educational, and recreational needs by means of reference interviews or reader's advisory services.
• Assists in the development of a year-round programming schedule and participates in the execution of programs for youths ages 0-18. Cultivates high-quality learning experiences and a learning environment in the library to support teens’ personal and academic interests.
• Manages the teen volunteer program, including recruiting, training, supervising and mentoring teens and creates activities to foster teen leadership.
• Assists department manager in long range departmental planning and program development; advocates for teens and develops plan for teen programs and learning experiences.
• Adheres to a community-focused service model that fosters solid relationships with teens, families, community organizations, and co-workers through attention and a commitment to serve.
• Recommends policies and procedures to the department manager on the operations of the Youth Services department.
• Prepares reports and collects data to assess impact of teen programs and services for the department manager.
• Assists in the acquisition of juvenile and young adult print materials to meet user demand and to provide informational resources.
• Assists in maintaining contact with and providing services to local organizations and educational groups serving children and teens.
• Assists in the provision of programming and bibliographic data to the Marketing department for media releases and promotional materials.
• Keeps current on technological advances, innovative services and procedures, and current resources through professional readings and educational opportunities.
• Acts as Librarian-in-Charge as needed.


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Required Qualifications

• MLS degree from an ALA-accredited institution.
• Two years’ experience in a public library setting.
• Ability to use innovative, creative, and artistic talents in developing programming and outreach.
• Knowledge of typical benchmarks for teen growth and development and ability to use this knowledge to plan and evaluate resources, services, and programs to meet the specific, multiple needs of teens.
• Experience with planning and conducting teen programs a plus.
• Good judgment, flexibility, and problem-solving skills.
• An interest in and a genuine desire to serve teens. Recognizes the importance of relationships and communication in working with this age group and able to apply different strategies to support teens in developing self-concept, identity, agency, and positive interactions with peers and adults.
• Excellent written and oral communication skills.
• Ability to interact with the public in a consistent, friendly, and professional manner.
• Ability to work effectively in a participative management setting.
• A positive attitude and willingness to learn new skills and processes as needed/as the library environment is continually changing.

• Technology: Demonstrates general understanding of basic computer skills coupled with an understanding and knowledge of library provided equipment and software including the website, databases, catalog, and ILS; the ability to troubleshoot basic technology problems.
• Teamwork: The ability to work collaboratively with others, including other departments, to achieve organizational and department goals.
• Equity, Diversity & Inclusion: Commitment to interact appropriately, fairly, and equitably with all; the ability to demonstrate and foster respect for all individuals and points of view.
• Ethics: Commitment to the Ohio Ethics Law and the basic ethics and values of library service.
• Intellectual Freedom: The understanding and support of the library's role in providing free and equal access to ideas, information, resources, and services, from all points of view, without restriction, to every individual.

• While performing duties of job, employee typically handles office equipment, objects (books, games, puzzles, boxes, etc.), and frequently communicates with others. Work requires moderate physical exertion, including occasional bending, kneeling, stooping and standing; some lifting and moving of heavy objects/book carts (up to 20 lbs.).
• The majority of the work is performed in an office setting.

Desired Qualifications

• Additional consideration will be given to those with bilingual communication skills (reading, writing, speaking) in English and either Spanish or Somali.

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Posted On: Apr 13, 2022 / This posting expires: Apr 30, 2022